Art Journal Every Day: It's All About Showing Up
November 25, 2011
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Can I just say how proud of, and humbled by, the students in my online class "30 Days in Your Journal" I am?
Their evolution and growth from fearful journalers in the first week or so to confident journalers with distinct personal styles has been so gratifying to watch. And today when I logged on to the message board, there they were giving such very good advice to each other about "showing up" every single day.
I think showing up in your journal every day is key to becoming a successful every day art journaler. On the days you don't feel like it, don't have time, can't find your mojo, hate everything you touch, have lost confidence, or feel intimidated -- those are the days that you most need to plop yourself in a chair for ten minutes and play with paint or just write out the reasons why you really cannot possibly art journal today.
For a bit of creative motivation I thought I'd share some images from my students who have consistently shown up in their journals (this is a very small sampling -- you can see more than 600 images in the class flickr pool):
From Catherine Matthews-Scanlon:
From Joanne Rosario:
From Cleo and Charlie:
From Michelle LaPoint Rydell:
From Leslie Yudman:
From Jen Clark:
From Sherri Pelletier:
From Shirley Bell:
From Kay Oft:
From Margie Kemper:
From Louise Nelson:
So what do you think? Do you feel motivated to show up in your art journal today?
Remember, it's just ten minutes of time to make a mess, write down a thought, stamp, paint, draw, doodle, stencil, or play! It's not about making something "pretty" -- just showing up is enough.
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